Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What Is It About This Season That Drives My Creativity?


It's almost like clockwork. Like some internal drive. Some innate driving force. For sure, it's something!

By now I'm sure you must be wondering what I'm talking about.

Well, I'm talking about my "creativity drive" and the Fall/Christmas season. What is it about this season that drives my creativity?

Every year around the end of August I can start to feel it. This urge to create starts to show itself. It starts slowly and builds gradually until it reaches a full-blown crescendo in November. But, I can feel it starting and I know that I won't have any control over it, once again.
Every year it just takes over my body. And, then I just have to either sew, create floral arrangements or craft something.

Or, I have to design patterns and sew some more dolls. Like I need any more dolls! But, that's a subject for another article! The point is, I just have to create - SOMETHING! ANYTHING!

Of course, my husband would say; "Why don't you create doing the housework!" Nah! That's no fun.

This inner force, whatever it is has got a creative mind all its own. And, it definitely has a hold on me. Look out, anyone or anything that gets in its way.

Forget the housework - what's a little dirt and dust! Forget the shopping - who needs to eat! Forget the bills - YIKES!!! Forget the family! Oh, boy! That's a no-no! Forget eating - that's okay - it's called creativity dieting! Even forget to take the dog out to do his business! Come on now that's something you have to do! Well, maybe not. He can hold it.

So, what is it that takes over? I'm not sure but I know that I'm not alone with this. Many crafters that I've talked to tell me that they also experience this. It might be at different times of the year, but they know when it's starting. Maybe it's a crafting thing? When you're in the "crafting", "creating" mode you are "IN THE MODE."


And, when I'm in the mode, I'll sew hundreds of dolls or design hundreds of patterns. I might put together multiple numbers of floral arrangements, or anything else that I seem to want to create.
I don't know about you, but I'm a little obsessive when it comes to my sewing and crafting. I have to cut everything out first, then sew everything, then put everything together. That means if I have 100 items to cut out I cut all one hundred before I start to sew anything.

The same holds true with sewing. I'll sit there and sew all one hundred dolls and then I'll put all one hundred dolls together. Of course, this means that I have to write-up 100 patterns all at once - which is really a chore. All the pattern designers will know what I mean by that statement.

In any event, I never said my way was the way to go about it. It's just my way of feeding my "hungry" inner creativity drive. Maybe I should call it my "hungry" inner obsessive creativity drive?
Sometimes I don't know what's worse. My inner creativity drive or living with over 1,000 handmade dolls. Hmmmm.....? Definitely, living with over 1,000 handmade dolls is worse. They talk back to me.

So, what is this creative drive and where does it come from? Why in late August? Why the Fall/Christmas season?

Maybe it relates back to the fact that as a child I loved to sew all my Christmas presents? I come from a large family so there were quite a few presents to make. Maybe it's the act of making presents to give to my loved ones? Generosity drives it? Hmmm..... Probably not.

Or, maybe there's just something about the bright, cheery, vibrant colors of the Fall season? Maybe it's feeling the cool, brisk, New England climate while raking leaves and then going inside to a cinnamon candle burning and a cup of tea or cocoa? Hmmm...... Probably not.

Maybe it's because for every holiday as a child I would scour the woods for materials to make a centerpiece? Or, every holiday season the family would gather together to make a new Christmas decoration? Hmmm.... Probably not.

Maybe it's just because I come from a family of crafters and sewers? It's just plain in my genes - in my DNA. Hmmm.......

Is that possible? Can a person have "creative" DNA? Hmmmm.... I wonder. Creative DNA!
I don't know. I just know that I'm not alone with this. Other crafters have told me they, too, have an inner driving force. Maybe we all have "creative" DNA?

I don't know if I'll ever find out why I have this drive or what it is about this season that enhances my creativity?

Maybe, however, I should I should stop worrying about it and just enjoy the "creative" moments? Tis the season - the "creative" season that is!

Copyright © 2006—All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

New Changes Series - Linda's Blogs Page

I don't suppose I would surprise any of you if I were to tell you that I'm thinking about starting another blog. I won't give it away, but I think you're all going to like it.

In thinking about that I decided that I didn't want to keep adding to the navigation sidebar and bottom navigation bar on my Linda Walsh Originals website. Also, I wanted a way within the website to direct you towards some posts that I think you might find interesting, such as: Victorian Traditions, etc.



So, I decided to add a "LINDA'S BLOGS" page to my Linda Walsh Originals website that would be a summary and link to my various blogs, as well as providing me with an area that I could link certain articles to.

The picture on the left gives you a little indication as to what the page looks like.

So far, I have a section for my "Linda's Blog", my "DOLLS Blog by Linda Walsh Originals", my "Twelve Months of Sewing Club" blog, and my "I Love Crafts and Crafts Blogs" blog. Each section contains several links to that particular blog as well as a listing of some of the articles posted on that blog that I think you might find of interest.

For example, I currently have the following posts from my main Linda's Blog listed that I think you might enjoy reading::


Victorian Traditions

We've Come A Long Way Baby & Still Have a Long Way To Go! - 10/2/2005
How Can I Be A Feminist Victorian? - 10/8/2005
You've Got To Be Kidding! - 10/9/2005
We Could Use Some Etiquette Today! - 10/24/2005
I Am All That and More! - 11/13/2005
Will You Come To My Tea Party? - 11/14/2005

Family Stories

Nana Will You Make Me A Shirt! 2/12/2006
We've Got Sewing In Our Bones! - 5/15/2006

Stories behind some of the dolls that I have designed and posted from DOLLS Blog that you might enjoy reading are summarized below and in the DOLLS Blog section of my new "LINDA'S BLOGS" page:

The Story Behind Elmer's Little Boy - 8/11/2005
Celia's Doll - 8/24/2005
My First Doll Pattern Was Named Linda! How Appropriate! - 1/3/2006
The Story Behind "Nellie" - My Victorian Snow-lady Doll Pattern - 1/10/2006
The Story Behind My "Brian Snow Buddy" Doll Pattern - 1/24/2006
The Story Behind My "Baby Nicky" Doll Pattern - 2/14/2006
The Story Behind my "James" and "Anna" Graduation Doll Patterns - 3/15/2006
The Story Behind My "Celia's Wedding Dress" Doll - 5/18/2006

I think that having this additional page on my website will be beneficial as I'll be able to quickly direct you to items of interest on my various blogs. I hope you like the new "Linda's Blogs" page and find it useful.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

How To Host A Folksy, Family & Friends Bridal Shower Free E-Book



Believe it or not, but Fall has become the season for weddings versus the Spring and with weddings comes bridal showers.

For anyone who has even contemplated hosting a bridal shower the idea of hosting a bridal shower may seem overwhelming and daunting at best. That's why so many nowadays are held out at restaurants with a professional handling all the arrangements.

However, with a little planning and organization hosting a bridal shower can end up being fun for the whole family, for all the participants and a wonderful event for all to remember. And, it doesn't have to be held out at a fancy, expensive restaurant.


In a previous post on my Linda's Blog I eluded to the fact that my sister and sisters-in-law and I had hosted a bridal shower for our oldest niece several years ago.

Instead of a bridal shower out at a restaurant one of my sisters-in-law and I decided on a more traditional, small, folksy, family & friends bridal shower - like we used to remember going to when we were growing up. We decided that, "Hey, we can do this if we all work together! It'll be fun!" We decided that we would cook all the food and make all the decorations, prizes, centerpieces, and bridal shower favors. Small, folksy and intimate like bridal showers and baby showers, for that matter, used to be.

I was in charge of the shower and one of my sisters-in-law was helping me with all the planning and creating of all the decorations. My sister (who doesn't live nearby) was coming up to help with the final decorations and food preparation. The latter is my least favorite thing to do, but she's fantastic at it so she was assigned the menu. And, my Mother, one of my other sisters-in-law and two young nieces were going to help with the food preparation, serving, greeting of the guests, etc.

It was a LOT of work to be sure, but I knew that with preparation and organization that we could do this. Looking back on the bridal shower I have to tell you that my sister-in-law and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves planning for and creating all the things we needed for the shower. It was a fun filled crafting experience.

So I thought you might enjoy a free e-book on how we did this.  Enjoy!

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